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December 7, 2012

Outrage Meter On “Meh”

by at 7:31 pm.

So in response to my post about the master plan draft public meeting, Mr. George DeLuca called a waaahmbulance. Essentially labeling the Lowell Planning Dept all but sinister and evil (I believe he used the word “arrogant” and implied they had some reason to rush…also called the situation “crap”).

Now, isn’t that interesting coming from someone who used the terms “vicious” and “appalling” on the other blog to describe my language? I mean, isn’t it rather vicious to call the DPD folks arrogant? No?

So what’s George’s beef? Well, first, that the public meeting is in January. As in, in the month after the holidays. Of course, I have a lot better opinion of the abilities of interested Lowellians to walk and chew gum at the same time (or, go to a few holiday parties and download a PDF to read by January) but George seems to think this is some vast conspiracy to keep people from bothering, or something.

His second beef is even more adorable…”It’s also glaring that the report highlights the names the DPD staff and friends, but not those who attended the meetings and provided the input contained in the draft.”

Um…okay. Someone wanna tell me where in common practice does every single member of the public who gets input incorporated into a draft municipal Plan of any sort gets billing in the document that results? I’ve never heard of that. Of course, George is all about the credit; oh, and using this blog as a platform to sell his latest venture. Just some advice. If you want cross pollination on a blog for your own stuff, you might first want to stop beating up on that blog’s owner on other blogs. Just sayin’.

We have in front of us one of the most open, public-accessible, technocratic and professional DPDs that we’ve had in a long time, and George, instead of trying to find out more information that might mitigate his overblown outrage, is demanding…because he says so…that the meeting be delayed, and telling city councilors in a letter that there’s stuff missing from the document he thinks ought to be in there. Like what, George? They didn’t put in a plan to move the high school out of downtown again?

If you want to post on this blog, George, do so at your own peril from here on in.

6 Responses to “Outrage Meter On “Meh””

  1. George DeLuca Says:

    Jack’s right, Lynne … you shouldn’t provide free advertising.

  2. Lynne Says:

    I’ve been nothing but nice to you in the past, George, and you’ve been quite clear what you think of me. Again, post here at your own peril.

  3. George DeLuca Says:

    Lynne, I’m not sure where you’re coming from, but yes, our discussions the few times we’ve met in person have been pleasant. But our blogging encounters … not so much, so the “nothing but nice” claim doesn’t wash.

    If you’d rather I don’t post here, I’m fine with that. Let me know. But you know we’re not always going to agree.

    Thanks for the links. They’re good … but nothing else you’ve said above is true.

  4. Lynne Says:

    So you deny this kind of stuff? When you know full well that what Santoro did was utterly without merit and trying to force silence? Do you really think that what she did was appropriate?

    I know sucking up to Gerry seems to be your thing lately, but please do not pretend that you haven’t been pretty vicious yourself on many, many occasions.

    I don’t care if you post here, I say again, you do it at your own peril.

  5. George DeLuca Says:

    Again, these things you’re saying aren’t true. As for Mary Jo Santoro, she doesn’t need my help. My position is there are 2 sides to every story, not just Lynne’s side. You can have the last word.

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Lynne Says:

    You have to be blatantly ignoring facts and actual law to think there’s a side to this where Santoro could possibly truly feel under any sort of physical threat, regarding that previous incident. This why I think you’re being disingenuous, and it’s not the first time.

    And yes, since this is my blog, I’m allowed the last word. This is not self-evident?

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